From Congress to Apni Party to National Conference every political activist is demanding restoration of statehood in Jammu and Kashmir before elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
It was Union Home Minister Amit Shah who assured on the floor of the house during the debate on the abrogation of article 370 that Jammu and Kashmir will remain UT for a temporary period and the statehood would be restored.
To make it a demand seems strange for the serious political circles of Kashmir as these mainstream political parties should have demanded restoration of article 370 rather than statehood.
Recently Omar Abdullah after facing a series of attacks for being silent on the crucial issues of Kashmir, raised the issue of statehood and said that his party will not participate in the election unless Jammu and Kashmir was not declared back as a state.
Omar Abdullah recently said that it was not only unacceptable but also humiliating for the people of Kashmir to be treated in this manner by the central government.
He said that even after one year since the abrogation of article 370 people of Jammu and Kashmir have not accepted this decision of the central government.
Omar said that his party would not participate in any elections if it held the legislature of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.